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Fight fixing ‘huge concern’, admits UFC boss – Reuters Sports News


UFC President Dana White emphasized his “huge concernon suspicion of fight-fixing within the league as investigations continue into allegations of irregularities linked to a fight promoted by his organization last month.

A November fight between Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke is still under investigation for alleged insider betting after a suspicious increase in gambling activity in the hours leading up to the contest, with big bets being placed on Minner for lose in the first round.

Minner, who looked injured early in the fight, was finished 67 seconds into the fight by Nuerdanbieke.

He was later released by the promotion and his coach, James Krause, was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission pending the outcome of his investigation. Krause operates a betting advice website, which had nearly 5,000 members before its recent shutdown.

There are no allegations of illegality regarding Nuerdanbieke.

Addressing the issue on ESPN ahead of Saturday’s UFC 282 fight card in Las Vegas, White was tight-lipped but admitted the fight fixation may have happened.

big worry,” he said. “Now that there’s an investigation and it might have happened, yeah.

ESPN further reported that the FBI had opened its own investigation into the matter, but while White said investigations were ongoing, he added that he was unable to reveal their full extent.

There is an ongoing investigation“, White said. “I can’t talk about all that. It’s crazy.”


The UFC previously said there was “several ongoing government investigations” To take place.

Several gambling markets in the United States and Canada have taken action against potential fraud, with the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Alberta temporarily banning UFC betting.

We always told the fighters, as all the game stuff started to heat up, stay away from the game“, White added. “Do you know how stupid you have to be to get involved in something like that?

In all sports, someone thinks he’s smarter than everyone else when in reality he’s the dumbest guy in the room.

And you will get caught. You will get caught and go to jail. It’s like that. If you are so stupid and willing to risk it for money. Ruin your life for money.

We can tell people until we’re blue in the face. Same as steroids, performance enhancing drugs. “Don’t do this, USADA is testing, you’ll get caught.” But that’s a whole other level.

If you’re so stupid, have fun in jail.”

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